North America, Pliocene to Pleistocene, 100,000 to 20,000 years old. This is a beautiful molar from an juvenile mammoth with some remaining root structure. The original chemicals of the teeth have been replaced in the fossilization process with quartz (silica) and other minerals, which may give a clue to its place of origin. For example, fossils found in the Wind River Formation in Wyoming have often been replaced by silica. Mammoth teeth are highly specialized, some of the largest grinding teeth in the animal kingdom, adapted to crush woody vegetable matter in ancient forests. Size: 5.5" L x 2.4" W x 3.9" H (14 cm x 6.1 cm x 9.9 cm)
Provenance: private Hagar collection, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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